Packed full of achievable and inspiring tips, The New Health Rules book is a pure delight.

The New Health Rules: Simple Changes To Achieve Whole-Body Wellness is small enough to fit in your handbag and filled with 175 genuinely useful and achievable tips, each no longer than a couple of brief paragraphs and accompanied by gorgeous images, this is a book you can dip in and out of.

Here are 6 rules from the book

shutterstock_1162995881. Just Say No (Thanks)

Many of us are packed to the gills with obligations and activities, largely out of habit. We say yes to things we could probably politely refuse and end up exhausted. As an experiment, try cutting your load of optional commitments in half. See what happens when your schedule isn’t jam-packed. With a little air in between, your concentration, productivity, and efficiency are likely to improve. You’ll also probably feel happier and more satisfied.

2. Switch the Lens

Many of us are conditioned to worry and complain. Fretting sometimes feels like a tax we have to pay to remain relatively safe and sound – and our bodies play along, converting stress into pain. “Think positive” may sound hollow, but the health benefits of looking on the bright side are massive.
Next time you find yourself indulging in the habit of negative thinking (“I hate this traffic”, “I’ll never get out of this job”, “Why can’t I meet someone already?”), reframe your thinking – find a silver lining or focus on something you’re grateful for.

shutterstock_1459264853. Wander Barefoot

Kick off your shoes and walk on grass, earth, or sand whenever you have the chance. Not only will this boost your immune system by exposing you to unfamiliar microbes, but it will also give you a little charge – literally. Believe it or not, just as we get vitamin D from the sun and oxygen from the air, we get electrons from the earth, which have calming and healing benefits for the whole body.

4. Music Can Work Like Meditation

Think of the way you feel when you’re sitting on a beach. Your body’s rhythms – including the duration of a breath and the speed of your heartbeat – conform to the pulse of the waves. In everyday life, the noise around us (traffic and construction and leaf blowers and barking dogs) affects the vibrating atoms in our cells.

shutterstock_1240360695. Be Unproductive

Sometimes the organ that needs the most care and restoration is the brain. If you’re a very driven person who has no patience for an unproductive day, what you might really need is… an unproductive day. No to-do list. No phone. No computer. It’s akin to giving your muscles a day off from weight training to rebuild and come back stronger. If a whole day seems nuts, make it a couple of hours and do something that seems like a complete waste of time. Take an easy walk on flat ground, sit on the lawn with a book, or people-watch in a cafe.

6. Get Ready for Bed an Hour Earlier

Maybe this means sacrificing a ritual you love – plopping down on the couch with a juicy TV show after the dishes are done and/or the kids are in bed. But give it a go. Take a bath, do a relaxing yoga pose, or, if you’re not tired at all, sit in a comfy chair with a book. If you’re totally beat, climb into bed with said book. One of the reasons we all accept feeling crummy is that we know we don’t get enough sleep. So see what happens when you do. Your mind is likely to be clearer and sharper, your mood will be better, and you’ll have more patience and energy and joy.

WELLBEING Wellbeing Column 103563Taken from The New Health Rules by Frank Lipman, M.D. & Danielle Claro (Artisan, £14.99).

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